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New England Dance Festival

The New England Dance Festival is a showcase of dance for NSW public schools across the New England area of NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

The festival highlights and celebrates the skills and creativity of students and teachers as they explore the art of dance. Students gain valuable experience performing in a professional venue. 

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.


Applications for the New England Dance Festival 2021 are now open.  All online applications should be completed by the coordinating teacher.

2021 New England Dance Festival application form

Applications close Friday 23 July 2021
(Term 2 Week 2). 

2021 dates

Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September 2021 (Term 3 Week 10).


Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre
Greg Norman Drive
Hillvue NSW 2340

General information

  • Groups to consist of a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 35 students
  • Dance is not to exceed 4 minutes
  • The venue will be designed without an elevated stage in 2021. The stage plan is included in the information package.

Order forms


$66 (including GST) per item selected in the festival.


Robyn Inglis - Coordinator
Email: robyn.inglis@det.nsw.edu.au

Di Hall - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0439 472 448


Please consult the 2021 New England Dance Festival information package for all guidelines and venue informaion. 

Auditions for 2021 will be via video. Include the link to your video audtion in your online appliaction form.

Audition videos must be submitted by
Friday 23 July 2021 (Term 3 Week 2)  

Video audition requirements

  • A separate video must be submit for each item
  • 1 student must be in costume
  • Item should be complete at time of audition video.

Tips for audition video

  • Recording from a phone or tablet mounted on a tripod is sufficient quality for the audition video.
  • Record the performance in one continuous take from a wide angle to ensure all performers are seen.  Do not zoom in and out.
  • Spend time rehearsing, recording and reviewing your audition video
  • Where possible, minimise external light sources by covering windows to avoid interference with visual contast.

Tips for uploading to YouTube

  1. Visit www.youtube.com and create an account or sign in.
  2. Select upload.
  3. Follow the instructions onscreen to upload your video.
  4. Once uploaded, on privacy settings select unlisted (anyone with this link can view) and save changes. This is important because it means the general public cannot view the link.
  5.  When complete, your video will have a URL. 
  6. Send email to di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
    with your URL link.